List of IndyCar fatalities

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This article lists people who have been fatally injured in American Championship car racing during testing, practice, qualifying, or races since 1916, categorized into drivers, riding mechanics, and non-participants. The article recognizes "IndyCar" or "Champ Car" fatalities that have occurred in events making up the National Championship, which has been held by the following sanctioning bodies:

The National Championship, which was split from 1979 to 2007, consists of regular races, non-points paying (non-championship) rounds, competitions sanctioned by entities that did not stage the National Championship of the year (such as the Automobile Club of America), and the AAA Big car meetings that were held in the 1946 season.

The most recent driver to be killed in an IndyCar Series event was Justin Wilson in 2015.

Driver fatalities[edit]

Driver Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Team/Owner Car/Entry Session
United States Bob Burman[1] April 8, 1916 AAA Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Peugeot Race
United States Carl Limberg[2] May 13, 1916 AAA Sheepshead Bay Speedway Metropolitan Trophy Delage Race
United States Jack Peacock[3] August 27, 1916 AAA Recreation Park 100-mile race[note 2] Sunbeam Race[note 3]
United States Harry Horstman[4][note 4] November 10, 1916 AAA/ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course Harry Horstman Mercer Practice
United States Lewis Jackson[6] November 18, 1916 ACA American Grand Prize Marmon Race
United States Frank Galvin[7][note 5] December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Premier Race
United States Gaston Chevrolet[9] November 25, 1920 AAA Los Angeles Speedway 250-mile race Frontenac Race
United States Eddie O'Donnell[9][note 6] Duesenberg
United States Alton Soules[11] October 1, 1921 AAA Fresno Speedway San Joaquin Valley Classic Frontenac Race
United States Roscoe Sarles[12] September 17, 1922 AAA Kansas City Speedway 300-mile race Cliff Durant Miller Race
United States Howdy Wilcox[13] September 4, 1923 AAA Altoona Speedway 200-mile race Duesenberg Race
United States Joe Boyer[14][note 7] September 1, 1924 AAA Altoona Speedway Fall Classic DuesenbergDuesenberg SC Race
United States Jimmy Murphy[16] September 15, 1924 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 150-mile race Miller Race
United States Ernie Ansterburg[17] October 16, 1924 AAA Charlotte Speedway 250-mile race Duesenberg Practice
United States Fred Wells[18] April 22, 1925 Long Island Motor Parkway Private test Fred Wells Wells's Hornet Testing
United States Ray Cariens[19][note 8] November 29, 1925 AAA Culver City Speedway 250-mile race MillerMiller SC Race
United States Herbert Jones[21][note 9] May 27, 1926 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes MillerMiller SC "Elcar" Qualifying
United States Jack Foley[23] July 4, 1926 AAA Rockingham Speedway Independence Day Sweepstakes Duesenberg Qualifying
United States Fred Comer[24] October 12, 1928 AAA Rockingham Speedway International Motor Classic Mike Boyle Miller FDMiller SC "Boyle Valve" Race
United States Bill Spence[25] May 30, 1929 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes DuesenbergDuesenberg SC Race
United States Ray Keech[26] June 15, 1929 AAA Altoona Speedway 200-mile race Yagle MillerMiller SC "Simplex Piston Ring" Race
United States Joe Caccia[27] May 26, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Alvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Practice
United States Jimmy Gleason[28] September 12, 1931 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Duesenberg Qualifying
United States Milton Jones[29] May 27, 1932 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Milton Jones Miller Practice
United States Bill Denver[30] May 28, 1933 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Ray Brady ? – Studebaker "Brady & Nardi" Qualifying
United States Mark Billman[31] May 30, 1933 Duesenberg "Kemp-Mannix" Race
United States Lester Spangler[31] Harry Hartz Miller
United States Peter Kreis[32] May 25, 1934 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Harry Hartz Miller FDMiller "Miller-Hartz" Practice
United States George Brayen[33] September 9, 1934 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race George Simmons Simmons – Oakland Race
United States Johnny Hannon[34] May 21, 1935 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Leon Duray StevensMiller "Bowes Seal Fast" Practice
United States Stubby Stubblefield[34] Phil Shafer ? – Buick "Victor Gasket" Qualifying
United States Clay Weatherly[35] May 30, 1935 Leon Duray StevensMiller "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
United States Al Gordon[36] January 26, 1936 AAA Ascot Motor Speedway 125-mile race[note 2] Bill White WetterothOffenhauser Race
United States Billy Winn[37] August 20, 1938 AAA Illinois State Fairgrounds 100-mile race[note 2] Miller Race
United States Floyd Roberts[38] May 30, 1939 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Lou Moore WetterothOffenhauser "Burd Piston Ring" Race
United States George Bailey[39] May 7, 1940 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Gulf Oil Miller RE4DMiller SC "Gulf-Miller" Practice
United States Lou Webb[40] September 2, 1940 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Joe Marks Marks – Offenhauser Race
United States Mitchell Siemienski[41] June 22, 1941 AAA Langhorne Speedway 100-mile race[note 2] Herman Hoppe ? - Riley Qualifying
United States Joseph Hrycenko[42] April 14, 1946 AAA Williams Grove Speedway 10-lap Big car race Heat race
United States Bumpy Bumpus[43] June 16, 1946 AAA Flemington Fair Speedway Big car race Bumpy Bumpus Bagley – Hal D. O. "Burd Piston Ring" Heat race
United States Bus Wilbert[44] August 11, 1946 AAA Funk's Speedway 20-lap Big car race Race
Canada George Robson[45] September 2, 1946 AAA Lakewood Park 100-mile race Cliff Bergere WetterothOffenhauser "Noc-Out Hose Clamp" Race
United States George Barringer[45] Ervin Wolfe ShawOffenhauser "Wolfe-Tulsa"
United States Al Putnam[46] September 15, 1946 AAA Indiana State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Richard Palmer StevensOffenhauser Qualifying
United States Shorty Cantlon[47] May 30, 1947 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Lou Rassey Snowberger FDMiller "Auto Shippers" Race
United States Ralph Hepburn[48] May 16, 1948 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Lou Welch Kurtis 2000Novi SC "Novi Grooved Piston" Practice
United States Ted Horn[49] October 10, 1948 AAA DuQuoin State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Ted Horn Enterprises HornOffenhauser Race
United States George Metzler[50][note 10] May 28, 1949 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Lee Glessner ShawOffenhauser Practice
United States Bill Sheffler[52][note 11] June 19, 1949 AAA New Jersey State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Bill Sheffler BrommeOffenhauser Practice
United States Rex Mays[54] November 6, 1949 AAA Del Mar Fairgrounds 100-mile race Ervin Wolfe Kurtis 2000Offenhauser Race
United States Walt Brown[55] July 29, 1951 AAA Williams Grove Speedway Indianapolis Sweepstakes[note 2] Jack Robbins Wetteroth DOffenhauser Qualifying
United States Johnny McDowell[56] June 8, 1952 AAA Wisconsin State Fair Park Rex Mays Classic Roger Wolcott Kurtis KraftOffenhauser Qualifying
United States Joe James[57][note 12] November 2, 1952 AAA Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 100-mile race Bob Estes WatsonOffenhauser Race
United States Chet Miller[59] May 15, 1953 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Jean Marcenac Kurtis FDNovi SC "Novi Governor" Practice
United States Carl Scarborough[60][note 13] May 30, 1953 Lee Elkins Kurtis Kraft/Wetteroth DOffenhauser "McNamara" Race
United States Bob Scott[61] July 5, 1954 AAA Darlington Raceway Independence Day Sweepstakes Ray Brady Kurtis 4000Offenhauser Race
United States Manny Ayulo[62][note 14] May 16, 1955 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Peter Schmidt Kurtis 500COffenhauser Practice
United States Bill Vukovich[64] May 30, 1955 Lindsey Hopkins Kurtis 500COffenhauser Race
United States Jack McGrath[65] November 6, 1955 AAA Arizona State Fairgrounds Bobby Ball Memorial Jack Hinkle Kurtis 4000Offenhauser Race
United States Keith Andrews[66] May 15, 1957 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Giuseppe Farina Kurtis 500GOffenhauser Practice
United States Pat O'Connor[67] May 30, 1958 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Chapman Root Kurtis 500GOffenhauser "Sumar" Race
United States Art Bisch[68][note 15] July 4, 1958 USAC Lakewood Speedway 100-mile race Peter Salemi KuzmaOffenhauser "Central Excavating" Race
United States Jimmy Reece[70] September 28, 1958 USAC Trenton Speedway 100-mile race George Bignotti Kurtis 500GOffenhauser "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
United States Marshall Teague[71] February 11, 1959 USAC Daytona International Speedway Speed record attempt Chapman Root Kurtis 500DOffenhauser "Sumar Streamliner"[note 16] Testing
United States George Amick[73] April 4, 1959 USAC Daytona International Speedway Daytona 100 George Bignotti EpperlyOffenhauser "Bowes Seal Fast" Race
United States Dick Linder[74] April 19, 1959 USAC Trenton Speedway Race of Champions Jake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
United States Jerry Unser[75][note 17] May 2, 1959 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes H. H. Johnson KuzmaOffenhauser "Helse" Practice
United States Bob Cortner[77] May 19, 1959 Cornis Engineering Cornis – Offenhauser
United States Van Johnson[78] July 19, 1959 USAC Williams Grove Speedway Indianapolis Sweepstakes[note 2] Jake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
United States Ed Elisian[79] August 30, 1959 USAC Wisconsin State Fair Park 200-mile race Ernest Ruiz Christiansen – Offenhauser "Travelon Trailer" Race
United States Jimmy Bryan[80] June 19, 1960 USAC Langhorne Speedway 100-mile race Leader Card WatsonOffenhauser Race
United States Tony Bettenhausen[81] May 12, 1961 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Doug Stearly WatsonOffenhauser "Stearly Motor Freight" Practice
United States Al Keller[82] November 19, 1961 USAC Arizona State Fairgrounds Bobby Ball Memorial Bruce Homeyer Phillips – Offenhauser "Konstant Hot" Race
United States Hugh Randall[83] July 1, 1962 USAC Langhorne Speedway Langhorne 100 Jake Vargo Kurtis 4000DOffenhauser Race
United States Eddie Sachs[84] May 30, 1964 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes DVS Halibrand Shrike – Ford "American Red Ball" Race
United States Dave MacDonald[84] Mickey Thompson Thompson 63Ford "Sears Allstate"
United States Bill Horstmeyer[85] August 22, 1964 USAC Illinois State Fairgrounds Tony Bettenhausen Memorial Bill Horstmeyer KuzmaOffenhauser "M. A. H." Race
United States Bobby Marshman[86][note 18] November 27, 1964 Phoenix International Raceway Tire test Lindsey Hopkins Lotus 29Ford "Pure Oil Firebird" Testing
United States Chuck Rodee[88] May 14, 1966 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Leader Card WatsonOffenhauser "Wynn's" Qualifying
United Kingdom Mike Spence[89] May 7, 1968 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes STP Lotus 56Pratt & Whitney Turbine "STP Oil Treatment" Practice
United States Ronnie Duman[90] June 9, 1968 USAC Wisconsin State Fair Park Rex Mays Classic Peter Salemi Gerhardt – Offenhauser TC "Central Excavating" Race
United States Jim Malloy[91][note 19] May 14, 1972 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Gerhardt EagleOffenhauser TC "Thermo King" Practice
United States Bob Criss[93] March 12, 1973 Phoenix FasTrack International Speedway Private test Page Racing EagleOffenhauser TC Testing
United States Art Pollard[94] May 12, 1973 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Bob Fletcher EagleOffenhauser TC "Cobre Firestone" Practice
United States Swede Savage[95][note 20] May 30, 1973 Patrick Racing EagleOffenhauser TC "STP Oil Treatment" Race
United States Gordon Smiley[97] May 15, 1982 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Bob Fletcher March 81CCosworth Qualifying
United States Jim Hickman[98][note 21] July 31, 1982 CART Wisconsin State Fair Park Provimi Veal Tony Bettenhausen 200 Rattlesnake Racing March 81CCosworth Practice
Philippines Jovy Marcelo[100] May 15, 1992 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Euromotorsport Lola T91/00Cosworth DFS Practice
United States Scott Brayton[101] May 17, 1996 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Team Menard Lola T95/00Menard V-6 Practice
United States Jeff Krosnoff[102] July 14, 1996 CART Toronto street circuit Molson Indy Toronto Arciero-Wells Racing Reynard 96iToyota Race
Uruguay Gonzalo Rodríguez[103] September 11, 1999 CART Laguna Seca Raceway Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Team Penske Lola B99/00Mercedes Practice
Canada Greg Moore[104] October 31, 1999 CART California Speedway Marlboro 500 Forsythe Racing Reynard 99iMercedes Race
United States Tony Renna[105] October 22, 2003 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Firestone tire test Chip Ganassi Racing G-ForceToyota Testing
United States Paul Dana[106] March 26, 2006 IRL Homestead-Miami Speedway Toyota Indy 300 Rahal Letterman Racing PanozHonda Practice
United Kingdom Dan Wheldon[107] October 16, 2011 INDYCAR Las Vegas Motor Speedway IZOD IndyCar World Championship Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara IR-05Honda Race[note 3]
United Kingdom Justin Wilson[108][note 22] August 23, 2015 INDYCAR Pocono Raceway ABC Supply 500 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12Honda Race

By track[edit]

Track[note 23] Fatal accidents
Total First Last
Indiana Indianapolis Motor Speedway 36 1926 2003
New York (state) New York State Fairgrounds 4 1924 1940
Wisconsin Milwaukee Mile 1952 1982
Pennsylvania Altoona Speedway 3 1923 1929
Georgia (U.S. state) Lakewood Speedway 1946 1958
New Jersey Trenton Speedway 1949 1959
Pennsylvania Williams Grove Speedway 1946 1959
Pennsylvania Langhorne Speedway 1941 1962
California Santa Monica Road Race Course 2 1916 1916
California Beverly Hills Speedway 1920 1920
New Hampshire Rockingham Speedway 1926 1928
Florida Daytona International Speedway 1959 1959
Arizona Arizona State Fairgrounds 1955 1961
Illinois Illinois State Fairgrounds 1938 1964
Arizona Phoenix International Raceway 1964 1973
California Grand Boulevard 1 1916
New York (state) Sheepshead Bay Speedway 1916
Michigan Kalamazoo Fairgrounds 1916
Pennsylvania Uniontown Speedway 1916
California Fresno Speedway 1921
Missouri Kansas City Speedway 1922
North Carolina Charlotte Speedway 1924
New York (state) Long Island Motor Parkway 1925
California Culver City Speedway 1925
California Legion Ascot Speedway 1936
New Jersey Flemington Speedway 1946
Indiana Winchester Speedway 1946
Indiana Indiana State Fairgrounds 1946
Illinois DuQuoin State Fairgrounds 1948
California Del Mar Fairgrounds 1949
California Santa Clara County Fairgrounds 1952
South Carolina Darlington Raceway 1954
Ontario Toronto street circuit 1996
California Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 1999
California Auto Club Speedway 1999
Florida Homestead-Miami Speedway 2006
Nevada Las Vegas Motor Speedway 2011
Pennsylvania Pocono Raceway 2015

Fatalities among riding mechanics[edit]

Mechanician Driver Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Team/Owner Car/Entry Session
United States Erick Schrader[1] United States Bob Burman April 8, 1916 AAA Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Peugeot Race
United States Roxie Pallotti[2] United States Carl Limberg May 13, 1916 AAA Sheepshead Bay Speedway Metropolitan Trophy Delage Race
United States Dan Colombo[110] Italy Aldo Franchi July 15, 1916 AAA Omaha Speedway 150-mile race PeugeotSunbeam "Peusun" Race
United States Marion Arnold[3] United States Andy Burt August 27, 1916 AAA Recreation Park 100-mile race[note 2] Stutz Race
United States Bert Shields[111][note 24] United States Gil Andersen September 4, 1916 AAA Cincinnati Motor Speedway First International Sweepstakes Stutz Race
United States Ralph Hitlich[113][note 25] United States Wilbur D'Alene October 14, 1916 AAA Speedway Park Grand American Auto Race CrawfordDuesenberg Race
United States Charles Schwartz[4] United States Harry Horstman November 10, 1916 AAA/ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course Harry Horstman Mercer Practice
France Gaston Weigle[7] United States Frank Galvin December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Premier Race
United States Lyall Jolls[9] United States Eddie O'Donnell November 25, 1920 AAA Los Angeles Speedway 250-mile race Duesenberg Race
United States Harry Barner[11] United States Alton Soules October 1, 1921 AAA Fresno Speedway San Joaquin Valley Classic Frontenac Race
United States Paul Marshall[115] United States Cy Marshall May 30, 1930 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes George Henry Duesenberg Race
United States William Berry[116] United States Doc MacKenzie June 8, 1930 AAA Michigan State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Ambler Ambler – Buick Qualifying
United States Clarence Grove[27] United States Joe Caccia May 26, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Alvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Practice
United States Harry Cox[117] United States Bennie Benefiel May 25, 1932 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Alvin Jones Duesenberg "Jones & Maley" Qualifying
United States Bob Hurst[30] United States Bill Denver May 28, 1933 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Ray Brady ? – Studebaker "Brady & Nardi" Qualifying
United States G. L. Jordan[31] United States Lester Spangler May 30, 1933 Harry Hartz Miller Race
United States Bob Hahn[32] United States Peter Kreis May 25, 1934 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Harry Hartz Miller FDMiller "Miller-Hartz" Practice
United States Leo Whitaker[34] United States Stubby Stubblefield May 21, 1935 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Phil Shafer ? – Buick "Victor Gasket" Qualifying
United States Spider Matlock[36][note 26] United States Al Gordon January 26, 1936 AAA Ascot Motor Speedway 125-mile race[note 2] Bill White WetterothOffenhauser Race
United States Albert Opalko[118] United States Frank McGurk May 28, 1937 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Murrell Belanger StevensMiller "Belanger-Miller" Qualifying
United States Lawson Harris[119] United States Babe Stapp September 20, 1939 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tire test Mike Boyle Testing

✝ indicates that the driver was killed in the same accident.

Fatalities among non-participants[edit]

Name Date of accident Sanction Track[note 1] Event Session Role Course of events
United States W. H. Speer April 8, 1916 AAA Grand Boulevard Corona road race[note 2] Race Policeman Due to tire damage Bob Burman's racer skidded, turned over and dashed into a crowd of people, several of whom were injured. Burman, his mechanician Erick Schrader, and a policeman died.[1]
United States Lena Juratsch November 18, 1916 ACA Santa Monica Road Race Course American Grand Prize Race Worker With the left front wheel having collapsed, Lewis Jackson missed a slight turn. His auto slid along the roadside and struck several people, three of whom fatally. Jackson died when he was pinned against a tree.[6]
United States Harold Edgington
United States L. B. Jenkins
Spectator
United Kingdom Hughie Hughes December 2, 1916 AAA Uniontown Speedway Universal Trophy[note 2] Race Driver Frank Galvin lost control of his racer, smashed through the guard rail and slammed into the press stand, injuring several of its occupants and crushing to death Hughie Hughes, who had crashed out of the race himself and was standing by the press box. Galvin, who succumbed two days later, and Gaston Weigle, his mechanician, were also killed.[7]
United States Bert Shoup May 30, 1923 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race Spectator Tom Alley, relief driving for Earl Cooper, slid, rolled over and penetrated a fence, killing a 16-year-old spectator and hurting two other boys and himself.[120]
United States Russ Hughes November 29, 1923 AAA Beverly Hills Speedway 250-mile race Warm-up lap Photographer Attempting a start before the race, Harry Hartz hit a photographer, a team owner, and a mechanic, killing the former two and badly injuring the latter.[121]
United States George Wade Team owner
United States Dan Shaw October 12, 1925 AAA Rockingham Speedway Autumn Classic Practice Mechanic A broken steering knuckle caused Vic Spooner's car to overturn and strike his mechanic, who was standing in the pits. Spooner survived a concussion of the brain.[122]
United States Wilbur Brink May 30, 1931 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race Stander-by Billy Arnold's racer lost a wheel, which flew over the retaining wall and fatally hit an 11-year-old boy who was off IMS’s property.[123]
United States Otto Rohde
United States George Warford
May 28, 1937 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Qualifying Spectator After the gas tank was punctured, Overton Phillips lost control of his burning auto and veered into the pit area where he collided with another machine, killing two attendants, one of whom died five days later, and hurting three other people including himself.[118][124]
United States Everett Spence May 30, 1938 AAA Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race Spectator Having impacted a retaining wall, Emil Andres's racer rolled over, losing the right front wheel, which shot through the air before fatally striking a spectator standing on a truck.[125]
United States Sam Stovall April 14, 1946 AAA Williams Grove Speedway 30-lap Big car race Feature race Spectator A man, who was hit by a car while he was crossing the track near completion of the race, succumbed to his injuries two days later.[42][126]
United States Peter Stuberak October 15, 1950 AAA California State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Race Spectator Tony Bettenhausen ran into and climbed up the rear of Walt Faulkner's racer, flipped over and smashed through a fence, hurting four spectators, one of whom died the next day.[127]
United States Lawrence Syrell September 12, 1953 AAA New York State Fairgrounds 100-mile race Race Spectator Trying to thread his way through Jimmy Bryan's spinning car and the fence, Chuck Stevenson hopped the outside wall, killing one spectator and injuring another 14.[128]
United States Clay Smith September 6, 1954 AAA DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Ted Horn Memorial Race Mechanic Rodger Ward, after losing a tire and locking wheels with Chuck Stevenson, spun into the pit area where he overturned, killing a mechanic and hurting eight other people.[129]
United States John Masariu May 30, 1961 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race Firefighter A fire truck, while maneuvering in the vicinity of Eddie Johnson's parked racer, which was burning, ran over and killed a firefighter.[130]
United States Red Stainton April 13, 1969 USAC Hanford Motor Speedway California 200 Race Mechanic Fuel leaking from Art Pollard's car was ignited during a pit stop so that two attendants were burned, one of whom leapt back into the path of Mario Andretti's auto. The mechanic sustained head injuries and died two days later.[131][132]
United States Armando Teran May 30, 1973 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race Team member Rushing to the scene of Swede Savage's crash, a fire truck ran into and killed a crewman for Graham McRae.[95]
United States Lyle Kurtenbach May 24, 1987 USAC Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis 500 Race Spectator A tire which had come off Tony Bettenhausen Jr.'s racer was catapulted into the stands by Roberto Guerrero's car and fatally struck a spectator in the head.[133]
Canada Jean-Patrick Hein September 2, 1990 CART Vancouver street circuit Molson Indy Vancouver Race Marshal Having pushed Ross Bentley's stalled racer out of a chicane area, three track workers jumped into the path of Willy T. Ribbs's car, which was coming around the corner. After colliding with its rear, two of them were flung through the air and sustained minor injuries. The third was hit and overrun by the left rear wheel, succumbing to head injuries several hours after being operated on.[134][135]
Canada Gary Avrin July 14, 1996 CART Toronto street circuit Molson Indy Toronto Race Marshal Because Jeff Krosnoff's racer had touched wheels with that of Stefan Johansson, it was catapulted into the air and fatally struck a track worker, who was positioned behind the wall lining the track, while on its way into the catch fence where it disintegrated on impact, the cockpit coming to a stop against the opposite wall. Krosnoff was killed, too. Another marshal was slightly hurt.[102]
United States Kenneth Fox
United States Sheryl Laster
United States Michael Tautkus
July 26, 1998 CART Michigan Speedway U.S. 500 Race Spectator On lap 175, Adrián Fernández slammed into the outside wall in the fourth turn. His right front wheel was torn off and hurled over the fence into the stands, killing three spectators and injuring six others.[136]
United States Barry Mobley
United States Jeffrey Patton
United States Randy Pyatte
May 1, 1999 IRL Lowe's Motor Speedway VisionAire 500K Race[note 3] Spectator On the 59th lap, Stan Wattles crashed into the outside wall in turn four, shearing off both right-side wheels. John Paul Jr.'s car hit one of them, propelling it over the fence into the stands. As a result, three spectators were killed and eight others, two of whom were children, suffered injuries. The race was abandoned before completing the necessary 104 laps to be official.[137][138]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The name of the track at the time of the accident is displayed.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Non-championship event
  3. ^ a b c The race was abandoned and voided after the fatal accident.
  4. ^ Horstman, an unofficial entrant, later succumbed to his injuries.[5]
  5. ^ Galvin died on December 4, 1916, two days after his accident.[8]
  6. ^ O'Donnell died on November 26, 1920, the day after his accident.[10]
  7. ^ Boyer died on September 2, 1924, the day after his accident.[15]
  8. ^ Cariens died on December 1, 1925, two days after his accident.[20]
  9. ^ Jones died on May 28, 1926, the day after his accident.[22]
  10. ^ Metzler died on June 3, 1949, six days after his accident.[51]
  11. ^ Sheffler died on June 28, 1949, nine days after his accident.[53]
  12. ^ James died on November 5, 1952, three days after his accident.[58]
  13. ^ Having stopped in the pits, Scarborough collapsed and died of heat exhaustion.[60]
  14. ^ Ayulo died on May 17, 1955, the day after his accident.[63]
  15. ^ Bisch died on July 6, 1958, two days after his accident.[69]
  16. ^ The Formula Libre-classified car featured streamlined fenders over the wheels and a canopy enclosing the driver.[72]
  17. ^ Unser died on May 17, 1959, 15 days after his accident.[76]
  18. ^ Marshman died on December 3, 1964, six days after his accident.[87]
  19. ^ Malloy died on May 18, 1972, four days after his accident.[92]
  20. ^ Savage died on July 2, 1973, 33 days after his accident.[96]
  21. ^ Hickman died on August 1, 1982, the day after his accident.[99]
  22. ^ Wilson died on August 24, 2015, the day after his accident.[109]
  23. ^ The current, last, or best known name of the track is displayed.
  24. ^ Shields died on September 30, 1916, 26 days after his accident.[112]
  25. ^ Hitlich died on October 31, 1916, 17 days after his accident.[114]
  26. ^ Matlock died on January 27, 1936, the day after his accident.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""Bob" Burman, speed marvel, killed in race". The Gazette Times. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 9, 1916. 
  2. ^ a b "Two men killed in motor race at Sheepshead". The New York Times. May 14, 1916. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Two killed in race as 11 cars pile up". The New York Times. August 28, 1916. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Racing auto upsets, 1 dead". The Daily Free Press. Carbondale, Illinois. November 11, 1916. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Four killed at Santa Monica races". Modesto Evening News. November 18, 1916. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Racing auto leaps track; four killed". The New York Times. November 19, 1916. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Noted auto racers are killed at Uniontown". The Pittsburg Press. December 3, 1916. 
  8. ^ "Frank Galvin, noted driver, dies of hurts". The Morning Herald. Uniontown, Pennsylvania. December 5, 1916. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "Death crowns winning auto racing king". The Deseret News. Salt Lake City, Utah. Associated Press. November 26, 1920. 
  10. ^ "O'Donnell is dead from accident that killed Chevrolet". The Pittsburg Press. United Press. November 26, 1920. 
  11. ^ a b "Racing driver and mechanic fatally hurt". The Bisbee Daily Review. October 2, 1921. 
  12. ^ "Roscoe Sarles killed in race at Kansas City". The Spartanburg Herald. September 18, 1922. 
  13. ^ "Wilcox is killed on Altoona Speedway". The Gazette Times. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. September 5, 1923. 
  14. ^ "Joe Boyer is fatally injured trying to overcome lead". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. September 2, 1924. 
  15. ^ "Joe Boyer, injured in race, dies at hospital in Altoona". Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian. United Press. September 2, 1924. 
  16. ^ "Jimmy Murphy, veteran automobile speed artist, is killed in wreck". The Spartanburg Herald. Associated Press. September 16, 1924. 
  17. ^ "Auto driver is killed on new Charlotte track". The Spartanburg Herald. October 17, 1924. 
  18. ^ "Killed testing auto he built for racing" (PDF). The New York Times. April 23, 1925. 
  19. ^ Grayson, Harry (November 30, 1925). "Elliott wins Culver race; shatters world speed mark". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. 
  20. ^ "Automobile racer dies from injuries". The Evening Record. Ellensburg, Washington. Associated Press. December 2, 1925. 
  21. ^ "Driver injured qualifying for 500-mile race". St. Petersburg Times. Associated Press. May 28, 1926. 
  22. ^ "Injuries in trial spin fatal to race driver". The Evening News. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. May 29, 1926. Archived from the original on February 25, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Auto racer killed". The Reading Eagle. Associated Press. July 5, 1926. 
  24. ^ "Fred Comer killed, four others hurt in Rockingham auto races". Nashua Telegraph. Associated Press. October 13, 1928. 
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